A tennis friend asked me, “Do you have good days and bad days on the tennis court like I do?” Strangely, my answer was NO. Why would that be?
Going to the Extremes
We all know players who come onto the court one day and they are A+ quality players (of course, relatively speaking to our group’s level of play); and then you see them on the court another day and you don’t recognize them because they are playing at a C or D level of play.
My answer was “No” because my swing of quality play is much narrower … I would typically vary from a B level to maybe an A- … I rarely would blow anyone off the court with my game; but nor would I rarely “stink up the court” with totally poor quality play.
In my opinion, the players with the dramatic swings in quality probably have two common characteristics: first, they go for the BIG shots; and second, they have flatter strokes. All those players need to be is off just a little in their strokes and they are off big in their results.
For me, I tend to play the more consistent shot and hit with a fair amount of topspin, which keeps the ball in play more; and that difference would result in more level quality.
What about YOU … do you have big or small swings in your game and why?
In this time of tennis deprivation, there are some anecdotes to report …
- There are still some courts that are open (usually to “residents only”); so a lucky few are still getting to play regular games – usually singles.
- Paul Caldwell set up a net in his driveway to hit with a friend.
- Chuck Kinyon and Rick Barletta sent me a video of their hitting with each other in a parking lot over a low hedge!
- And me? Still just banging away on the half-ping-pong table inside my garage.
How about you?
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